We are probably familiar with how to use a hyphen with sentences, but I thought it would be refreshing to break down three ways to use a hyphen with words. Why? Because WORDS MATTER. (Just kidding. I mean, words DO matter, but that statement has nothing to do with hyphens.)
Let's move on, shall we?!
Below are three ways to use a hyphen with words (and numbers):
- Use a Hyphen to Omit the Word "Through." For example, when writing a range of numbers in a text message or other informal writings, it's acceptable to write "17 - 33," instead of "17 through 33." See, how the hyphen can replace or omit the word "through?"
- Use a Hyphen in Certain Compound Words. As far as knowing which compound words are hyphenated, spell check and grandfather Google can help you out with that information. However, a few examples of hyphenated compound words are check-in, follow-up, and part-time.
- Use a Hyphen in Compound Nouns. (A compound noun includes a noun and a prepositional phrase.) Examples of compound nouns are sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and jack-in-the-box.
I hope these grammar tips help.
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